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A child’s astonishment

A child’s astonishment

When art meets science

Who: Trudy van der Weijden, professor of Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines

Statue: Cloud Gate, Anish Kapoor

Target group: all students

Professor Trudy van der Weijden saw Cloud Gate – popularly known as The Bean, because of its kidney bean shape – almost by coincidence during a congress in Chicago. “Someone told me that we were just a couple of streets away from the square where it was, I was unaware of that. During the following break I walked there.” Van der Weijden already knew about Anish Kapoor’s work from her husband, who is also a sculptor. “He is a fan and that is how I also became one.”

It was an impressive experience. “I had seen photographs of it, but standing beside it was such an encounter. The size alone. It is enormously huge and heavy (measuring 10x20x13 metres and weighing 99,9 ton, ed.), but you don’t notice the latter. It is just as if it is floating.” If you stand beneath the statue you can see the hole that runs through it from the bottom to the top. “Kapoor calls this the navel. It is a gigantic palace of mirrors; you see yourself, the sky and the skyscrapers. It has a kind of infinity.”

The hole is characteristic of his work. “Classical sculptors chip away stone from what eventually becomes the statue, but Kapoor makes a very beautiful hole and that is then the statue.” The touchable rounded shape is also characteristic, playing with what is real and what is a mirror image, and the combination of earth and air (both being reflected).

What Van der Weijden remembers most is the astonishment that the statue incited. “Like a child seeing something for the first time. You realise that you lose that openness when you grow older. The older you become, the less you allow yourself to be surprised.” Something that students also have to be aware of. “We humans cherish our tubular view. At a certain point you know what you are good at, where your expertise lies, you want to hang onto that. That is when it is good to go back to the openness inside yourself. To experience the things as they are, without a review in the back of your mind.”

For those who feel Chicago is too far away, other work by Kapoor can be seen in De Pont in Tilburg. “Including a dark room where initially you apparently see a black circle on the ground. Only when your eyes adapt to the dark do you also see that it is a hole.”




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